Soccer-Holders Barcelona knocked out of Copa del Rey by Athletic


Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Round of 16 - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - January 20, 2022 Athletic Bilbao's Dani Garcia celebrates after the match with teammates REUTERS/Vincent West

(Reuters) - Holders Barcelona were knocked out of the Copa del Rey after suffering a 3-2 defeat in extra-time at Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 on Thursday as their difficult season continued.

Athletic dominated a thrilling match and went ahead early thanks to a beautiful cross-shot from Iker Muniain who curled the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the top corner.

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